6. Making a match

Making a Match

In the figure, we would like that the second pattern enclosed in the box matches the first one, previously recorded. Clearly, the values do not match, nor do their derivatives, since everything seems to have doubled (for example in volume).

Therefore, when a match is made, what is compared is not absolute values, but instead values relative to the current maximum and minimum of the window-size considered.

Making a Prediction

Predictions are made accordingly, relative to the current window maximum and minimum. If the current pattern has length 4, then the system will match the first 4 elements of a stored pattern of length 5, and predict the next note as the final element of the matched stored pattern.

Patterns of different sizes are matched in making the predictions. Their predictions are weighted then averaged, to obtain the final prediction. For each length, let best[length] be the pattern of that length that best matched the current pattern (of length-1). Each best[length] will have a certainty value associated with it, and with each element. This certainty value, along with the pattern length, are used in weighting the different size predictions.

The longer the length of the pattern is, the higher its weight should be. The reason for this bias of trusting longer patterns is that they are less likely to match. For almost anything, a two-note pattern will match with high certainty.

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